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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Hitting Planner: Substitute


It is an exciting time in baseball right now. We are over a month into the season and we are getting our first wave of top Prospects getting called up. Jonathan led last week’s Hitting Planner with Guererro being called up. As we get to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Hitting Planner, we can’t forget about Carter Kieboom, Nate Lowe, Ty France, Cal Quantrill, Griffin Canning.

To add to that list Nick Senzel, who was called up by the Reds on Friday. He is touted as one of the best prospects in baseball. All we can hope is that he puts a spark in a Reds offense that ranks near the bottom of most team batting categories.

If you didn’t notice already I’m subbing in for Jonathan Chan this week for the Hitting Planner. I’m going to give you players you should sub in and sub out. However, like a substitute teacher you had in school, this is not to be the full version of the class you are used to.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Hitting Planner

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Offense to Target – Boston Red Sox

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I know what you’re thinking. Duh, Joe, I’m going to play the Red Sox bats.

Obviously, you’re playing Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi. Those are must-start players at this point.

I’m referring to Mitch Mooreland, Michael Chavis and the lesser-owned Red Sox.

In Week 6 they have a great set of pitching matchups ahead for them. They go to Baltimore and get to face an Orioles pitching staff who rank last in team ERA. Then they finish the week off at home against Seattle Mariners who rank 18th.

The biggest boost in value goes to Mitch Mooreland. This is due to all the probable pitchers for next week being right-handed meaning he will not run the risk of sitting due to his righty/lefty platoon he finds himself in at times.

Offense to Avoid – Atlanta Braves

The Braves have a very tough road ahead of them next week. They face Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles to start the week. Then they go to Arizona and face Luke Weaver, Zack Greinke, Merrill Kelly and Robbie Ray.

I’m not sitting Ronald Acuna or Freddie Freeman and you can add Ozzie Albies to that list. However, I want to see Josh Donaldson rake some more and stay healthy before slotting him in a rough week like this. Also, Ender Inciarte has been struggling this season as well and is not a must-start, especially against tough pitching.

Offense to Target – Cincinnati Reds

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Call me crazy, but I’m going to bet the Reds have a solid week against some suspect pitching. The get to face Drew Pomeranz, Aaron Brooks, Mike Fiers, Brett Anderson, Jeff Samardzija and then Pomeranz again.

I spoke about it in the intro, but Senzel is getting called up and I think he will be a spark this offense needs to wake up the bats of Yasiel Puig, Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez and more.

It is only a matter of time before Puig and company turn things around. Puig himself has a crazy low BABIP of .200 which can’t possibly continue. I feel it, this is the week that changes.

Offense to Avoid – Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks have been, I think surprisingly, one of the better offenses in baseball this season. This thanks to the breakout of Christian Walker and the stellar play of Ketel Marte.

However, I would consider benching these all the Diamondbacks this week. Their matchups are pretty rough. First, they go to Tampa and have to face Blake Snell, Charlie Morton and Tyler Glasnow.

Then they go back home and get Atlanta. The pitchers they will face is not quite as impressive as in Tampa, but we’re still getting Mike Soroka, Max Fried and Michael Foltynewicz.

If you need to play Marte and Escobar, even Walker due to the depth at the positions they play I get it. I’m avoiding the rest for sure though.

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